Gilmore urged to do more to create jobs

Published 12/03/2014 | 05:36

Labour party leader Eamon Gilmore

TRALEE Chamber Alliance has made a direct plea to Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore to do more to create more jobs in the town.

At last week's Chambers Ireland Forum, members of Tralee Chamber Alliance met Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore where they briefed him on the jobs situation in Tralee and Kerry and called for a greater Government effort to provide new jobs in Kerry generally and in particular Tralee, which has the highest unemployment rate in the county..

Alliance members were critical of, what they called, "the current unacceptable level of perceived support from the IDA" for job creation in Kerry.

The Government's own figures have shown that the IDA only made one visit to Tralee in the past 18 months with a view to encouraging industry to locate in the town.

"We had a lengthy discussion on matters relating to job creation in Tralee.

"We underlined our dissatisfaction with the poor number of IDA visits to Tralee and the levels of grants available for companies considering investing in the region. The importance of retaining the 9% VAT rate for the hospitality Industry and the high unemployment levels in Tralee were also discussed," said TCA CEO Kieran Ruttledge.

"The Tánaiste accepted that there was a lot more work to be done and he felt that we could face the future with some confidence.

"He was very aware of the situation in Tralee and said he retains an excellent relationship with Arthur Spring who keeps him up to date on all matters," said Mr Ruttledge.

Details of the Institute of Technology's bid to take over the running of Kerry Technology Park, a move fully supported by Tralee Chamber Alliance, were also discussed with Minister Gilmore.

Kerryman

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